Visiting Helmsley from Coxwold Cottages
- 23 July 2018 -
From our boutique self-catering cottage in Coxwold we are lucky to have lots to see and do on our doorstep. Yesterday we popped into Helmsley (just 8 miles away from Forge Cottage) on our way back from a walk on the North York Moors and visited the hidden gem that is Helmsley Walled Gardens – visiting Helmsley from Coxwold Cottages. Although Carol had popped in previously for coffee and cake as well as to look at their excellent plants for sale, this was the first time we had looked round the walled garden itself… we were seriously impressed!
Indeed, we were so impressed by Helmsley Walled Garden that we have signed up to be friends! These are the original walled gardens for the adjacent Duncombe Park and are overlooked by Helmsley Castle. By the 1980s, the gardens were derelict before being brought back to life by volunteers as a visitor attraction and a place of relaxation. Now you can wander through the kitchen garden, sit in the orchard, admire the wildflower meadow or stroll down the Hot Border and enjoy the colour and spectacle. Well worth a visit.
The walled gardens aren’t the only thing to see in Helmsley if you visit whilst staying at Coxwold Cottages. Centred on the market square (market every Friday), there is a charming array of shops from fabulous delis and tea rooms (our favourite is Mannion & Co) to a remainder book shop and quality clothing retailers such as Browns and Carters Country Wear.
If you are wanting provisions during your holiday at our luxury self-catering cottage in nearby Coxwold, you must head to the famous Thomas the Baker shop – you will find others in nearby towns but this is their flagship store complete with butcher, but no candlestick maker! There is also a newly refurbished Co-Op store and cashpoints on the market square. Visiting Helmsley from Coxwold Cottages is recommended as a lovely place to wander and enjoy during your holiday in Forge Cottage, Coxwold.